Yesterday, we conveniently pointed out that Dean Blevins' big scoop on OU transfer QB Baker Mayfield was actually not a scoop at all and just some really bad reporting.
Dean reported that the Texas Tech transfer won an appeal to the NCAA and would be eligible to play for the Sooners immediately, as opposed to sitting out one season like most NCAA transfers. This ended up being false. As reported by other outlets, Mayfield was denied immediate eligibility to play this season, but was granted a scholarship or something like that.
At the end of my post, I questioned whether Dean would acknowledge his error:
I don’t have a problem with Dean Blevins screwing something up. This is Dean Blevins. We’re used to it. Part of the fun of listening to him is guessing which of his reports are true and which are totally fabricated. Plus, there’s always the chance he can urinate live on the air.What irritates me is that Dean doesn’t fess up to being wrong. Trust me, there’s nothing more fun than writing a retraction. Of course, Dean probably thinks a retraction is that sex toy that Rosser showed him the last time they recorded an Interurban commercial, so maybe it’s better that he doesn’t retract.
Well, I guess either Dean, his producers or his wife read The Lost Ogle, because on last night's broadcast he apologized for comparing muslim prayer to college football pre-game stretching exercises. Wait, that was Mike Morgan. Got my dashing and goofy local TV personalities mixed up.
Here's Dean's apology. He's as sorry as the hot side of the pillow:
You know what, kudos to Dean for acknowledging his mistake. Trust me, it's not a fun thing to do, and it's a positive first step for a guy who got his minor in arrogance. Maybe we can turn this into a therapy course or something. We'll first begin with Dean acknowledging his bad reporting, and then move on to bigger issues like his unhealthy fascination with Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal.
That being said, Dean really didn't take full responsibility for the erroneous report. He just blamed his "trusted sources," which basically means Barry Switzer gave him the wrong info. That was probably a mistake by Dean. The first thing they teach you at the OU journalism school is to never throw Barry Switzer under the bus. If he feeds you wrong info, you simply close your eyes, bite your tongue and think about the wishbone. I'm sure Dean will be reminded of that the next time he stops by to wash Barry's cars. I hope he brings an extra chamois.